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DYER, Heman, clergyman, born in Shaftsbury, Vermont, 24 September 1810. He was graduated at Kenyon in 1833, having supported himself by taking charge of the preparatory department, and afterward entered the Protestant Episcopal ministry. He taught in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1840'3, and then was made professor in the Western University of Pennsylvania there, becoming its president in 1844. He removed to Philadelphia in 1849 in the service of the American Sunday School union, and afterward became secretary and general manager of the Evangelical knowledge society. He became editor of the "Episcopal Quarterly Review" in New York in 1854, and in 1862 declined the bishopric of Kansas. He was made a member of the board of missions in 1868, and in 1871 of its Indian and Freedman's committees. In 1875 he made a tour through Mexico with Bishop Lee, which resulted in the establishment of a bishopric there. In 1880 he was forced by failing health to retire from active work. He received the degree of D.D. from Trinity in 1843. Dr. Dyer has published "Voice of the Lord upon the Waters" (New York, 1870), and "Records of an Active Life," an autobiography (1886), and edited a series of evangelical biographies.
His wife, Catherine Cornelia Dyer, author, born ill Ludlowville, New York, is the daughter of Arad Joy. She has been actively engaged in philanthropic work, has traveled widely with her husband, and contributed much to current literature. She has published "Henry and the Bird's Nest" (Philadelphia, 1852); "Sunny Days Abroad, or the Old World seen with Young Eyes" (New York, 1870); "Brief History of the Joy Family" (1876); "Records of the Dyer Family" (1884); and, with Marcia A. Hall, " Christmas at Fern Lodge" (1860). She has also edited her husband's autobiography, noticed above.
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